Here Comes The [New] Chief…


Lorne M. Buckman

July 8, 2009, Pasadena, Calif.
– The Board of Trustees of Art Center College of Design announced today that Lorne M. Buchman has been appointed its President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Buchman, only the fifth president of Art Center since its founding nearly 80 years ago, will take office in October 2009, succeeding Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth, who has served as Interim President of the College since Fall 2008.

Dr. Buchman was unanimously selected by the Board following the enthusiastic recommendation of a committee of faculty members, students, trustees and staff that conducted an international search over the past ten months.

In making the announcement, Board Chairman John P. Puerner said, “I am confident that Lorne will ensure Art Center continues to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment and is able to maintain its leadership position at the center of excellence and innovation in higher education. Our students’ experience will be elevated by his balanced approach to learning.”

With a wealth of academic leadership experience, Dr. Buchman’s presidency of Art Center marks his return to art and design education. Previously, Dr. Buchman served as Provost, then President of California College of Arts and Crafts. There he spearheaded the 1994 strategic plan that led to the creation of its renowned San Francisco campus, and he was instrumental in the success of the historic capital campaign that made the new facility possible. During his tenure at CCA, he also oversaw significant enrollment growth, launched a major public programs initiative, engaged in bold community service initiatives, and diversified the faculty with several new hires. Most recently, Dr. Buchman served as President of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center where he led the institution in a plan to transform from a graduate school to a multidisciplinary university. A trained theatre director and scholar, he has also held a number of faculty and administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a book on filmic adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays.
Upon accepting the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Buchman said, “I’m thrilled to be joining this extraordinary community, and I look forward to the chance to build on its distinctive and distinguished history. Art Center has always been one of the most highly-respected independent colleges of art and design in this country, and I couldn’t be happier about this opportunity. This is a fabulous
moment in my life.”

Dr. Buchman serves as Principal and Founder of Buchman Associates, a private consulting firm he established in 2000 whose focus is identifying philanthropic and private investment sources to develop facilities for non-profit organizations. A principal project of Buchman Associates included his work as Executive Director of the highly acclaimed Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California, an international center dedicated to disability rights and universal access that will be a home for people with disabilities to live independently and without discrimination.

In addition to his work in higher education, Dr. Buchman is actively involved in community service. He has served on the Board of over a dozen organizations, including Haifa University, Youth Enrichment Strategies, San Francisco Art Institute, Redwood Day School, The San Francisco Jewish Museum and the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Buchman earned his PhD from Stanford University and received a B.A. from the University of Toronto. He is married to Rochelle Shapell, an attorney and professor of law. They have four children. “With representation from students, faculty, alumni, staff and trustees, the search committee represented a true cross-section of the Art Center community,” said Robert C. Davidson, Jr., Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “While we considered many outstanding individuals for the position, Lorne emerged as the clear choice to lead Art Center. The entire Art Center community will no doubt benefit from Lorne’s deep understanding and appreciation of design and the creative process, and his ability to articulate and implement a strong strategic vision for the College.”

Of Dr. Ellsworth’s accomplishments, Mr. Puerner said, “Frank has done a remarkable job at moving the College forward during our time of transition and his contributions will have a lasting effect on Art Center. We thank him for his work on behalf of Art Center and wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”

About Art Center
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center provides opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College’s almost 80 years, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

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